Students are often asked at this time of year to recall all for which they are thankful. It may involve one lesson or a week's worth of lessons and/or a culminating activity on the last day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead of making Thanksgiving break the stopping point for thankfulness, why not make it the starting point? Students can start a gratitude journal over Thanksgiving break and maintain it until winter break. This way, middle school students can truly see the many people, places, and things for which they should give thanks.
The premise is simple. Write the date and list 5 things that you are grateful for every day. This can be accomplished the "old fashioned way", or online or on your itouch or iphone!
Online, students can use this template to print or save in a word document.
You could also create a wiki for your advisor where they collectively add to an online gratitude journal.
itunes also has an app called Gratitude! Click the gratitude tab to see what it looks like.